This was, of course, a one session week as we had the long weekend. We did, however, manage to pack a lot into the session! Due to the children’s keen interest in the silk worms, we are taking a closer look at butterflies in the room. The children have been playing butterfly games and examining our garden sensory table. Outside we have noticed a bigger focus on insects which is fantastic for the children’s learning. The silk worms have begun to spin their cocoons and the children are fascinated by the process and are constantly checking on the silk worms in the room. Another strong focus in the room has been on construction. The children enjoy using blocks and Lego to build structures both inside and outside. Inside we have a construction table where the children can make smaller buildings using icy pole sticks and matchsticks. This activity encourages fine motor development in the children, along with perseverance as the items require more precision.
We had a music session this week with Ann, our new Centre Manager. We are hoping to have these sessions occasionally as Anne has much experience and also passion for music. These sessions will build on the music that we currently do in the room with the children. Anne began with a music game involving singing, dancing and colour recognition. The children each got to take turns and assisted each other with the game. The children also learnt a song about galloping horses which required them to sing loudly or softly. As you can imagine, they enjoyed singing loudly! Finally, Anne introduced a song about aeroplanes to the children. The first used their hands and then their whole bodies as aeroplanes.
On Monday we have Farmer Sue and the Mobile Farm incursion for the majority of the session.
Jessica, Karen and Fiona.